social climber


Definition of social climber

: one who attempts to gain a higher social position or acceptance in fashionable society

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Examples of social climber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Wall Street Journal once compared Ms. Holzer to Jay Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional social climber — mysterious, elegant and doomed. New York Times, "Adela Holzer, Whose Fall From Grace Was Theatrical, Is Dead," 8 Jan. 2020 The shameless social climber was confronted and bowed out of the group. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Parents want boyfriend to go, but daughter follows," 25 June 2019 And with three skilled actresses at the film’s center, characters that could so easily be reduced to familiar stereotypes — the crazy one, the conniving one, the social climber — are instead imbued with humanity. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite is a deliciously wicked tale of sex, women, and power plays," 21 Nov. 2018 Blame the social climbers on the board of Ruthie’s museum. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "Summer Books: Beach Reading," 23 May 2018 As Weisberg point out, it was written by Lord Chesterfield, a scheming social climber who never intended for his correspondences with his son Philip to be published. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "What Makes the Advice Column Uniquely American," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of social climber

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social climber was in 1894

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19 Jan 2020

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“Social climber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of social climber

disapproving : someone who tries to gain a higher social position or status (such as by becoming friendly with wealthy people)

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